December 2012: Aleph is live at Marsa Alam, on the Egyptian Red Sea. You can come now
Aleph is an idea - a place to experiment with the human collective. They say: 'whomever lives among a people for forty days, becomes one of them'. They mean one with their culture, ethos, traits. So Aleph asks: what if the people you come to live among are themselves drawn from the four corners? A hybrid tribe breeding a unity of cultures - not in bubbles or cantons, as you might find in global cities, but at close quarters – eating, living, and sleeping quarters. A real global village, the wiki-village you make yourself. And maybe where you find your personal legend. This is about playfully re-imagining civilisation from first principles. But mostly, it's about whatever it turns out to be.
Here're the details:
Emy Camp (or Camp Emy, on the signage) - located 14 kilometers south of Marsa Alam town - is a circular campus comprising 35 bungalows/chalets in the Nubian architectural style, a mess hall, restrooms, and a small (currently closed) bazaar. Emy overlooks a coral reef at Tondoba bay and is backed by the mountains of the eastern Egyptian desert (where there are pharoanic gold and emerald mines still in operation). Down the road, there is a mangrove forest at Qulaan, several lagoons popular with kitesurfers, the Wadi el-Gemal camel sanctuary, and world-renowned dive sites (Elphinstone for sharks, Dolphin House for dolphins, etc). The area is also home to indigenous tribes of East African origin. Luxor and Aswan are the nearest Nile Valley cities, famous for their massive Pharoanic monuments.
You should come too if: you want to frolic with dolphins or freedive with a dugong, see regular meteors on a proper night sky, paint huge murals or other artsy things, do parkour off boulders, or climb them. Or stalk hawks. Or just to see what it's like living (and being) a human village at the edge of the world- away from the insidious miseries of sedentary life, like the ancestors once did. To add to this train of ideas, show up.
P.S: and if somehow it doesn't work out for you at emy/Aleph, there are normal lodges aplenty down the road. Win-win dilemma.
A final note, on security: if you're worried about the political environment and such, remember: in case of apocalypse, you are better off away from major population centres.
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